Help save Surrey's heritage - current campaigns and calls to action

Around the county, there are constant efforts to preserve Surrey's natural and man-made heritage that require both voluntary work and philanthropic funding. Here, we bring you a few of the projects in Surrey that you can get involved with today

Around the county, there are constant efforts to preserve Surrey’s natural and man-made heritage that require both voluntary work and philanthropic funding. Here, we bring you a few of the charitable and community projects in Surrey that you can get involved and make a difference with today

To get your fundraising campaign or community project added below, e-mail with the subject SSH, the name of the project, location, brief description and contact details.

Banking on Brooklands, WeybridgeA unique opportunity to help preserve Britain’s motor sport and aviation heritage by ‘owning’ a Square Yard of the famous Brooklands race track. Brooklands, the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit constructed in 1907, is the birthplace of British motorsport. Now, you can take custody of square yard sections of the Members’ Banking while supporting the Museum’s preservation work through the donation you make.Find out more at

The Brooking Collection, CranleighThe only major national collection of its kind in the UK, The Brooking Collection of Architectural Detail is physically charting the evolution of British building details over the last 500 years. As of December 2011, storage of the collection’s 250,000 artefacts had to move from the University of Greenwich to a warehouse closer to the home of its Cranleigh-based founder Charles Brooking and it was necessary to auction other items, including the gates from old Wembley Stadium, to raise the money needed to sustain the majority. Find out more at


The Dining Room, HatchlandsWork on the dining room at Hatchlands ceased for several years until funding from a 2009 raffle allowed the National Trust to bring in specialist painter, Zoe Mathieson. Her work is coming close to finishing and your support could help the Trust make a real difference. For every �1 you spend, they get �2 towards making this beautiful room look even better.Contact Rachel Spiller, house manager at Hatchlands: 01483 222482 or e-mail

Fabric Appeal at Guildford Cathedral, GuildfordThe Second World War brought a halt to building at Guildford Cathedral and necessitated a ‘buy a brick’ campaign before it was finally completed 50 years ago. Now, however, it is showing signs of wear and tear, with the likes of the south transept windows failing and causing water damage (�35,000 is needed for this restoration project alone).Find out more at 

The Farmyard by Francis Barlow, Clandon ParkThe Farmyard is a painting at the National Trust’s Clandon Park, which has suffered considerable damage during its history and has been extensively, and poorly, over-painted. The piece requires 720 hours of work in the conservator’s studio. Another major cost element is building a scaffold raft to enable the painting to be taken down safely, prepared and rolled for transport to the studio – another 320 hours of work. All in all around �35,000 is required to carry out this work.Contact Caroline Sones, house manager at Clandon Park: 01483 222482 or e-mail

Friends of the HurtwoodThe Hurtwood is the largest area of common land in Surrey and includes two magnificent greensand peaks, Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill. The area is managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood, a small charity who rely on donations to maintain its natural beauty and public access.Find out more at  


Friends of Teazle WoodA community campaign to purchase a precious block of Leatherhead woodland has gathered massive support. Since mid-July, when Leatherhead resident Lucy Quinnell proposed that the town’s last major block of woodland should be secured for the community in perpetuity, the Friends of Teazle Wood have raised over �100,000. To get involved, e-mail


Hindhead Murder paintings, Haslemere MuseumIn 2009, Tim Winter, a local historian and volunteer at Haslemere Museum, purchased a series of five pictures of the 1786 murder of the unknown sailor at Hindhead. They were passed on to the museum and are badly in need of repair. While the cost of repairing The Hanging has been taken on by a charitable trust, the museum is seeking funding for the conservation of the other paintings, which are available to view at the museum by appointment.Contact Julia Tanner at Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA: 01428 642112

Hope springs eternal, Hope Mausoleum, DorkingRecognised internationally as one of great figures in 19th century taste, Thomas Hope's country house, The Deepdene near Dorking, was demolished in 1969. One singular building remains, however, the Mausoleum he built to house the body of his young son Charles who died in 1817. This massive archaic Greek structure lies in a picturesque dell but was neglected and then part-buried in the 1960s. It now awaits rescue.Find out more at  


Museum in a Million, Haslemere MuseumIn 2013, Haslemere Museum will be celebrating its 125th anniversary. It is one of the oldest and most renowned independent museums in the country - just seven years younger than the Natural History Museum. Currently operating to a significant annual deficit, the museum is looking to raise at least �1,000,000 through its Museum in a Million fundraising campaign, which runs throughout 2012.Find out more at

Painshill Park Trust, CobhamOriginally created in the eighteenth century by Charles Hamilton, Painshill’s breathtaking vistas and charming follies have inspired generations of visitors, gardeners and landscape architects. Through neglect, the park fell into dereliction after World War Two and the Painshill Park Trust was formed in 1981 to restore the park. To date, much of the park and the follies have been restored and this has only been possible through charitable donations from like-minded souls.Find out more at

Riverhill Regeneration, CobhamA dilapidated riverside location in Cobham could be transformed into a beauty spot, if Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust’s fundraising efforts come to fruition. To aid their campaign, a charity auction day will be held by Wellers Auctioneers at The Medicine Garden, Cobham on Saturday June 18.Find out more at

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Surrey Hills SocietyPromoting the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Surrey Hills Society relies on volunteers to run and manage all its activities (whether organising walks, helping at talks or getting hands-on in the countryside – and handle the back room admin, too!).Contact the Society office on 01372 220647 or email



To get your fundraising campaign or community project added above, e-mail with the subject SSH, the name of the project, location, brief description and contact details.